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About Us

Our Mission, Our Vision, Belief Statement, and Our Core Values

Vision Statement

Pleasing God by touching Philadelphia and beyond.

Mission Statement

We are prayerfully and compassionately connecting people to Jesus Christ and to one another, teaching them to fulfill God's purpose for their lives.

Core Values

Prayer

Worship

Compassion

Faithfulness

Stewardship

Teaching

Statement of Faith

The Holy Scriptures

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, equally in all parts and in the whole and is totally inerrant in the original manuscripts. We further believe it is the supreme revelation from God and of God, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to them; and it is therefore our infallible rule in all matters. We believe that all the Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ and hence that no portion is properly read nor understood until it leads to Him. (John 5:39; II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12)

The Godhead

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are worthy of the same homage and obedience. (Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-5; II Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)

The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe in the pre-existence, incarnation and virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ who came into the world to reveal the Father, and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person; that the Lord Jesus Christ was the Creator of all things, for by Him the worlds were made. We believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and that He was very God and very Man, the I AM, the Jehovah of the Old Testament. We further believe in the sinless life of our Lord Jesus Christ, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His bodily ascension into heaven and His imminent return. We further believe that He is presently seated at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for His redeemed. We also acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord over all things in Heaven and in earth, and under the earth. (John 1:1-2; I Timothy 3:16; Acts 7:37-38; Philippians 2:9-19; Hebrews 7:25)

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, through omnipresent from all eternity, after the glorification of Jesus Christ was sent on the day of Pentecost, dwells in every believer, unites all to Christ in one body, and is the source of all power and all acceptable service. We believe that ministries are committed to the Holy Spirit including the restraining of evil in the world; the convicting of the world respecting sin, righteousness, and judgment, the regeneration of all believers; the sealing and service of those among the saved who are yielded to Him and to His will. We believe that the fruit of the Spirit is the manifestation of the character of Christ in the believer’s life. We further believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to Christians today and that all the gifts of the Spirit should be and must be operative in the Church for the Church to manifest her full glory under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. (John 3:6; 14:16-17; Romans 8:9, 12:10-11; I Corinthians 6:19, 12:8-11; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 2:22, 4:11-13)

Angels - Unfallen & Fallen

We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless spiritual beings known as angels; the one “Lucifer, son of the morning”, the highest in rank, sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan; that a great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall and have now become demons and are active as his agents. (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; II Peter 2:4; Jude 6)


We believe that Satan is the originator of sin, and that, under the permission of God, he, through subtlety, led our first parents into transgression, thereby accomplishing their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his own power and that he is the enemy of God and His people. However, we also believe that Satan was defeated by Jesus Christ at Calvary and that Jesus has delegated this authority over Satan to His body, the Church. (Genesis 3:1-19; Romans 5:12-14; II Corinthians 4:3-4, 11:13-15; Ephesians 6:10-12; II Thessalonians 2:4; I Timothy 4:1-3; Colossians 2:15)


We further believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the Throne of God, from whence they are sent forth as ministering spirits to minister to those who are the heirs of salvation. (Luke 15:10; Ephesians 1:21; Hebrews 1:14)

The Creation of the World and of Man

We believe that God sovereignly created the world out of nothing. We further believe that man was created in the image of God and by a direct and immediate act of God. (Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 2:4)

Man's Fallen Condition

We believe that man by willful transgression fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created into total spiritual depravity; a state of death in trespasses and sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God, being unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts, but must be redeemed and delivered by the power of the Gospel. (Romans 3:23-25, 5:12- 21; I Corinthians 15:1-4; II Corinthians 4:3-4)

Salvation Only Through Christ

We believe that repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ produces the work of justification in the believer through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Further, we believe that, owing to universal spiritual death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born of the Spirit. We also believe that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who died as our substitute. (Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9)

The Walk of the Believer

We believe that a continuous walk in grace should be the emphasis of heart righteousness and purity, believing in the keeping power of God. Walking after the spirit and not after the flesh, in conduct that demonstrates the character of Jesus Christ, not being conformed to the world, but being transformed by the renewing of the mind. We further believe that each believer must lay a foundation of Biblical truth and experience upon which he builds his life. Through the Lordship of Jesus Christ, these foundation stones are established in the new birth and include repentance from dead works, faith toward God, the doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Romans 4:1-5, 8:25, 12:1; I Corinthians 3:11; Galatians 5:16-25; Hebrews 6:1-2; Jude 24)

The Doctrine of Baptisms

We believe that the New Testament teaches at least three baptisms. First, there is the baptism whereby the repentant sinner, upon trusting Jesus Christ as his Savior, is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ. (I Corinthians 12:13)


Second, there is water baptism by immersion for believers only. This we believe to be an ordinance of the Church, whereby the believer experiences the reality of co-crucifixion and co-resurrection with the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-6)


Third, there is the filling of the baptism in the Holy Spirit by the Lord Jesus Christ, which may occur at or after conversion. We believe that speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance is the natural manifestation of this baptism. Further, we believe that by the believer’s continued submission to the Holy Spirit his very weakness is transformed into strength to witness for Jesus Christ in power and to live according to the will of God. (Acts 1:5, 8, 2:4, 38, 10:46, 11:28, 19:6)

Divine Healing

We believe in divine healing for the whole man through the atoning death of the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; Acts 4:30, 19:11; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14; I Peter 2:24-25)

The Church

We believe that all who are united by the new birth to Jesus Christ are members of the universal Church, the body of Christ. We also believe that the local congregation of Christian believers is divinely instituted and is the chosen instrument of God for the furtherance of God’s work upon the earth. While appreciating the work of para-church groups, we believe that the local Church is God’s chosen vehicle for world evangelization and the nurture of Christians. We further believe in the spiritual unity of all believers and in working together with others who believe in salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ for the causes of evangelism, missions, and benevolences. (Matthew 16:16-18; John 17:21; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 1:20-23, 4:3-10; Colossians 3:14-15)

The Ordinances

We believe that water baptism is for believers only and should be administered by the mode of immersion and in the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We further believe that water baptism is the means whereby we receive the new Covenant sign of circumcision of the heart. We also believe that we are identified with Jesus Christ and participate in His death, burial, and resurrection through water baptism. (Matthew 28:10-20; Acts 8:16; Romans 6:4)


We believe and practice the ordinance of foot washing as instructed by the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 13:14-15)


We believe and practice the ordinance of Holy Communion as instructed by the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mark 14:16-26; I Corinthians 10:16-17, 11:24-29; Luke 22:19-20; Matthew 26:28)

Worship

We believe that the whole purpose of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Therefore, we believe in the act of worshiping God with one’s total being as set forth in the Holy Scriptures. (Psalm 150; Mark 12:29-31; Ephesians 5:18-21)

Ministers to the Church

We believe in the divinely called, commissioned, and equipped five-fold ministry of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers as given to the Church by the Lord Jesus Christ after His ascension. We further believe that all Christians are called to be ambassadors for Christ and that all believers have been given the ministry of reconciliation. (Ephesians 4:11-13; II Corinthians 5:20)

Laying on of Hands

We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands for:


  1. the confirming of believers to commitment and ministry in the local Church,
  2. the confirming of one’s call by God to special ministry in the local Church (Acts 13:1-3),
  3. the imparting of spiritual gifts (I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6),
  4. the experiencing of the infilling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:17-18,
  5. the ministering of healing of the sick through the Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 16:16), and
  6. the blessing and dedicating of children to the Lord (Mark 10:16).


We further believe that, in obedience to the Holy Scriptures, we should lay hands on no man suddenly, but that the laying on of hands confirms a ministry which is already observable and has been proven. (I Timothy 5:22)

Evangelism & Missions

We believe that it is the explicit message of our Lord Jesus Christ to those whom He has redeemed, that they are sent forth by Him into the world to be witnesses of His saving grace and that their primary purpose in life should be to glorify God by obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ’s command to preach the Gospel to every creature. (Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 16:15; John 17:18; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:18-20; 1 Peter 1:17, 2:11)

The Restoration of All Things

We believe that all that was lost by the Fall is now being restored by Jesus Christ in and through His Church and that there will be total and ultimate restoration of all things by the Lord Jesus Christ. (Daniel 7:14; Acts 3:21; Revelation 21:1-5)

The Eternal State

We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body, when Jesus Christ comes for His own, whereupon soul and body reunited shall be with Him forever in glory; but the spirit and soul of the unbelieving remain after death conscious of condemnation and in misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (Luke 16:19-26; 23:42; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15)